Samsung Galaxy J5 vs Moto G 3rd Gen - Which is better?

Samsung has always excelled in dishing out devices aimed at a premium segment. The mid level or budget segment was a regular hot spot for other manufacturers. Now, planning a reentry into the market cluttered with Chinese OEMs, Samsung has launched a new budget friendly smartphone with another interesting feature set. Being a direct competitor to the existing players in the segment like Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen, how does it fare in the comparative analysis? That is exactly what we intent to find.

Samsung has recently trying to regain the losing foot hold in the sub 15 K price band. In fact, this is the most happening price segment as long as Indian smartphone market is concerned. But, of late this segment has been dominated by a host of Chinese players with few Indian manufacturers like Lava Mobiles and Micromax chipping in. One such attempt by Samsung at capturing this price band is the launch of Galaxy J5. Pitted against devices like Xiaomi RedMi 2 and Motorola Moto G (2015), will it be able to achieve this goal? Let us attempt a feature based comparison with Moto G 3rd Gen aka Moto G(2015).


Well, I guess Samsung needs a lesson or two in making each of its devices unique from other. I mean in the looks department by that statement. Almost all Samsung phones, especially in the budget range are completely similar to each other. Like in a herd of lions, you won't be able to identify yours! It is the same Samsung design with a physical home button flanked on either side by the capacitive action buttons. The chrome finish and matte look on the back replacing the glossy plastic are a few changes that do not raise any eyebrow. Motorola on the other hand has bestowed Moto G3 a best in class design. It is available in multitude of colors. It offers you the freedom to choose a replaceable rear case of your liking.
The Moto G 3rd Gen is water resistant. It can stay inside one meter deep waters for 30 minutes and stay safe too. Galaxy J5 lacks this feature. The physical dimensions of the Galaxy J5 read 142x73x8.5 mm while those on Moto G measure up to 142.1x72.4x6.1 mm. That makes the latter quite thinner. But the comparison tilts at being heavier when it comes to weight with Moto G tilting the scales at 155 grams in contrast to 149 grams on Galaxy J5.


Samsung Galaxy J5 has a 5 inch HD screen. The super AMOLED technology makes it the best display ever to have on a smartphone. It renders your images and videos super sharp and crisp. Yes, it lacks the screen protection - neither Gorilla Glass or any other cheaper alternative.
Moto G comes with a same 5 inch display, but has a HD IPS display. It has the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. But nothing makes it comparable to the quality of Super AMOLED screen on Galaxy J5. You can compensate the lack of protection with a wide range of screen protectors and tempered glasses available in the market. I would treat Galaxy J5 a clear winner as far as display is concerned.

Hardware and performance

Moto G3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad core processor. The best known processing speed is 1.2 GHz. The 64 bit compatible processor makes you experience better faster performance and an improved RAM management. Samsung Galaxy J5 shares the space with exactly the same processor powering it. But, both the devices differ in the RAM provided. Moto G has 2 GB RAM, while J5 offers you 1.5 GB.
Both of them have 8 GB internal storage capacity of which around 4.5 GB is available to user. Both of them offer you memory expansion options, but there is a difference. You can expand the memory to as high as 128 GB in Samsung J5, while the maximum additional memory you can add on your Moto G is only 32 GB.
The comparison tends to be a mixed bag here as your choice will depend on your requirements. A 1.5 GB RAM should be a better option for any resource rich Android app, but having little more on Moto G makes it a robust player with multitasking capacity. But then - if storage is what you are more interested - then Galaxy J5 would be a better option.

Also See: Samsung Galaxy J5 and Xiaomi Mi4i - A comparative face off


The Galaxy J5 sports a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash. The camera has f/1.9 aperture. Moto G too has the same 13 MP camera, but it features a f/2.0 aperture. Larger aperture should ideally be capable of shooting better images in low light. Both the phones have a 5 MP front camera for selfies.
Though we will need the full camera testing to arrive at the exact quality, yet based on specifications alone - Galaxy J5 to be a better camera as of now.


Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen runs on Android Lollipop 5.1. You will get a pure stock Android experience. There are no extra customisation - just pure Android as Google designed it. It would be good proposition for those of us who love the pure Android without any bloat ware or unneeded customisations. Samsung Galaxy J5 - on the other hand - runs on the same Android Lollipop, but with external skin by TouchWiz. We have had our share of a love-hate relationship with TouchWiz. However, post Galaxy S4 Samsung has toned down the infamous TouchWiz to make it more leaner and lag free. You will get minimum number of bloatware unlike what we saw in older phones.
So it would be a matter of personal preferences. If you are stock Android fan, Moto G should be your first choice. Moreover, Moto G is expected to get most of the OS updates and upgrades almost instantly and regularly.

Battery and connectivity

Samsung Galaxy J5 is powered by a 2600 mAh battery. As per the claims by the manufacturer, you are assured of a talk time of up to 14 hours. Standby time of the battery is stated to be 340 hours. The battery on Moto G is of 2470 mAh capacity. The difference does not appear to be too much. The backup time should not differ much from each other. On the basis of specifications, Galaxy J5 looks better placed. Moreover, it carries a removable battery while that on Moto G is non removable. It is another advantage that Galaxy J5 scores over Moto G.

Moto G 3rd Gen has dual SIM functionality. It offers you 4G connectivity. Other connectivity features include WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.1 and microUSB. Galaxy J5 also has 4G compatibly in addition to being a dual SIM device. It shares all the connectivity features as on Moto G 3rd Gen. Galaxy J5 has an addition to the list of them - NFC. However, Moto G too has a feature lacking on Samsung Galaxy J5. It is water and dust resistant. It can survive for thirty minutes under water at around one meter water level.

Price and availability

Motorola has priced the Moto G 2015 at Rs. 12999. Samsung seems to be making an effort to topple the device from its position. The Galaxy Just 5 has been priced at Rs. 11999 in a strategically planned move. Samsung is making an attempt at breaking itself off from the criticism it has been carrying on its shoulders of being over priced.

Which one should I go for?

It all depends on your personal choice. The price difference of just Rs. 1000 between two competing phones should not matter much. If you are a fan of stock Android and a better display, Moto G can be a better choice. While if you prefer more storage and better camera - you can go Samsung way. Motorola takes a lead in being a water resistant which is unique for the price point. Neither of the phones play any one upmanship, both of them a real value for money. You can go by your individual preferences based on the criteria compared above. Nether of them would be a bad choice.

Article by Timmappa Kamat
Timmappa Kamat is a technology enthusiast. He has an active interest in newer technological developments. He is fond of new gizmos & gadgets. He loves to share his knowledge through tech-savvy websites as a freelancer. A Mechanical Engineer by profession, he is equally interested in blogging, with his own blog. He wants to carve a name for himself in blogging arena one day! If you need any clarifications about his articles,please respond here below or get in touch with him through his profile.

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